Rufat Riskiyev, the inaugural World Boxing Champion in the middleweight division and Silver medalist at the Montreal Olympics, is a true knockout master and an Honored Master of Sports. His legacy is woven into the rich tapestry of boxing history.
As a member of the USSR Olympic boxing team, Rufat was not only a formidable athlete but also a student and friend of the legendary Mykhailo Zavyalov, now the President of the Professional Boxing League of Ukraine. Moreover, Rufat shared a ring and a friendship with the great Ukrainian boxer Anatoliy Klimanov.
This encounter resonated deeply — two longtime friends, separated by years and miles, finally reunited. It’s a poignant reminder that the boxing community extends far beyond the ring, celebrating the enduring spirit of champions like Rufat “Tashkent Tiger” Riskiyev.
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